Darling River National Parks

Boasting some of the best in NSW, the Darling River National Parks provide not only a great way to experience the rich pastoral and indigenous history, but also the ethereal beauty of the landscape along the river.

The indigenous culture along the Darling is rich and many National Parks provide wonderful insights to the river’s significance to the many indigenous groups who have lived on its banks and surrounding plains.


Darling River National Parks

  • Lake Mungo
  • Gundabooka NP
  • Kinchega NP
  • Paroo-Darling NP (South)

Lake Mungo National Park

Darling River National Parks, Outback NSW

Mungo National Park, Walls of China, Outback AustraliaLake Mungo Nationa Park is, in theory, nothing more than the remnants of an ancient lake (completely dry and with ancient sand dunes running twenty plus kilometres along one side) in the middle of the New South Wales outback. But in reality, Lake Mungo is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world.

The much-photographed 'Walls of China' is something all visitors should experience; as is the story the landscape reveals.

This is a remarkable place, its international significance recognised with World Heritage listing.

It's where you'll find the Walls of China, an icon not only for the sheer beauty of dramatic formations but also for the amazing spiritual significance of the area.

Mungo has evidence of continual human habitation over 40,000 years.

Lake Mungo is one of 17 dry lakes which constitute the Willandra Lakes

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Gundabooka National Park, Outback NSW

Gundabooka National Park Valley of the Eagles walk 02Gundabooka National Park, located about 30 minutes south of Bourke, is a special place for the Ngemba and Barkinji people of the area and a visit to the Mulgowan (Yapa) Art Site it is easy to see why it is such a sacred place. The trees and water near the site add to its appeal to visitors.

Gundabooka range rises above the plains and its glowing red cliffs, magnificent vistas of the hills, red sands, secluded woodlands and gorges are majestic. In addition to being vital for stone, water, food and medicine, this area holds major significance in terms of indigenous ceremony and creation, reflected in the magnificent examples of Aboriginal rock art found in the park.

The Darling River forms its northern boundary, the park features open plains and a beautiful creek-fed gorge. Access to the horseshoe-shaped Mt Gundabooka is via 3 access points and

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Kinchega National Park,

Darling River, Outback NSW

Darling River Kinchega NP 33Kinchega National Park, located in the central Darling about one hour south-east of Broken Hill, provides wonderful access to the Darling River for birdwatching, historical insights, river camping and fishing. Rich in indigenous and pastoral history, Kinchega is bounded by the Darling River upstream from Menindee Lakes.

The park provides some of the best access to Darling River. Kinchega National Park is rich in natural history, a place that seems designed for nature lovers and photographers. It's also a place to immerse yourself in Aboriginal and European heritage. Sit back, relax and watch the native wildlife, where the red sand reaches up and touches the clear blue sky.

The area of Kinchega incorporates half the lakes which make up Menindee Lakes; man-made lakes (originally pondages of the Darling River) feed by the seasonal flow of the Darling River.

With the magnificent Darling River

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Paroo-Darling National Park

Darling River, Outback NSW

Paroo Darling National Park Sign Outback NSW 13Paroo-Darling National Park is an ancient world of red sandhills on the Darling River floodplain. The only unregulated section of the Murray Darling Basin, the ephemeral Paroo River, sustains a diverse ecosystem when it flows; and will only flow into the Darling River during very high flows.

The park embraces a rich, living Aboriginal heritage spanning many thousands of years, allowing you to view artefacts such as stone tools, hearth sites and scar trees.

The Paroo-Darling National park is divided into two separate sections; the northern section is northeast of White Cliffs, while the southern section (Wilga Station) straddles the Darling River upstream of Wilcannia.

Wilga Station on the Darling River in the south of the Park near Wilcannia. Wilga Station provides some of the best camping along the whole of the Darling River.

Camping (no fires) is available at the Coach and Horses

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